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I'm Proud of SC Governor Mark Sanford in his stance against Obama's "stimulus"

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posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 04:05 PM
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My state's governor has come under fire recently for not walking lockstep with the Obama administration and I am extremely proud that he has not given into the urge to suckle at the federal government's tit. THIS is a great state administrator! Perhaps the Federal Government should take a lesson.

An Editorial by SC Governor Mark Sanford

Common sense dictates that when you're in a hole it's vital you stop digging. Requiring our state to spend beyond its means for the next 24 months to be eligible for all the stimulus monies guarantees that South Carolina will dig itself a $740 million financial hole. Who helps us then? Do we raise taxes, and thereby weaken our competitiveness relative to other states and countries - or do we just summarily end programs for some of the neediest of our state? Or are we to plan on yet another round of stimulus windfall from Washington in two years - again, with money we don't have? I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do know the $740 million budget hole created would be the largest such hole in South Carolina state financial history.

Our grandparents' notion of moderation in all things is especially important when one considers the financing of a state. More than $8 billion of total stimulus effort is projected to come to South Carolina, we proposed taking about 10 percent of this and applying it to paying down state debt. I don't understand how that could be considered unreasonable or the kind of effort that would create disaster. This stimulus is more than our state budget spends in an entire year. If a family won a lottery that sent them a windfall larger than their paycheck for the year, the family that actually set something aside to pay down the mortgage or the credit cards would be viewed as prudent.

Why should it be any different for a state, particularly if as in South Carolina's case we are fourth in the entire nation in the percentage of our budget that goes not to teachers or health care - but debt repayment? Eleven percent of every dollar in yearly revenue goes to paying down debt, and we have $20 billion on top of that in unfunded long-term political commitments. Paying these monies down would give us greater financial latitude in 24 months when the federal gravy train ends to indeed offer more in the way of governmental services. In our case it would pay dividends in the first 24 months alone of $162 million that would be saved in debt service that could go to government service.


[edit on 6/4/2009 by Iamonlyhuman]

[edit on 6/4/2009 by Iamonlyhuman]




posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 04:30 PM
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I am originally from Camden S.C. & wish that Governor Crist here in Florida would have taken the same road, but he is a weasley little Goose Stepper who can't think for himself. GO S.C.!!!!!



posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 05:43 PM
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Honestly South Carolina should be one of the last state to not accept anything. What is SC unemployment %? How does SC rank in Education? I will run along because reality doesn't matter.



posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 07:10 PM
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Huh?

I'm only guessing but I think you might be asking how could SC turn down money when our unemployment is so high and education lacking?

If that's what you're saying, then I'd have to ask you how exactly will accepting all of Obama's "stimulus" help that? It won't and the governor knows this. The only thing it will do is make more entitlement programs so that when the federal money runs out, South Carolinians will have to come up with the fed's portion by .... going into deeper debt.



posted on Apr, 23 2009 @ 01:17 AM
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Whether your state takes the money or not, you're on the hook for paying it back. Might as well get on the bailout train and rock out with your hand out.


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